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An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. 

Their last one begins here.

Life is short - no one knows that better than 17-year-old Lenni Petterssen. On the Terminal Ward, the nurses are offering their condolences already, but Lenni still has plenty of living to do. 

When she meets 83-year-old Margot Macrae, a fellow patient offering new friendship and enviable artistic skills, Lenni's life begins to soar in ways she'd never imagined. 

As their bond deepens, a world of stories opens up: of wartime love and loss, of misunderstanding and reconciliation, of courage, kindness and joy.

Stories that have led Lenni and Margot to the end of their days.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot unwraps the extraordinary gift of life even when it is about to be taken away and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love when we need it most.

©2021 Marianne Cronin (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Emotional, involving, witty and sad. All my favourite things. Everyone is going to love Lenni and Margot." (Jill Mansell)

"Full of wisdom and kindness. It is just the kind of book I adore." (Joanna Cannon)

"Touching and honest and funny. I completely and wholeheartedly fell for Lenni and Margot." (Nina Pottell)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-21

everything i hoped it would be. and more.

it captured all of the emotions i have previously held of the very living we all ought to do, with the soft, gentle reminder that it is fleeting.
the readings were immaculate, and captured the colourful characters so vividly that they will forever be a part of me.

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  • Adam
  • 28-02-21

Wonderful

I found this a lovely touching book with lots of humour, great characters and beautifully written.

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  • Christopher B Fisher
  • 11-03-21

Like wrapping up in a quilt of love and memory.

A beautiful story, read by two truly wonderful narrators. I haven't been this moved by a story for quite some time. I have only just finished and am ready to begin listening again.

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  • julia sheppard
  • 09-03-21

Devastating

Beautiful, compelling and poignant story of Lennie and Margot. The narration of both parts was perfect, I could not stop listening. The last few chapters made me cry out loud while out walking and listening with my ear pods in. I feel bereft now that I have finished it, of the book and the characters. So beautifully written and told and so desperately sad and uplifting all at once.

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  • clare
  • 04-03-21

Adored this.

Loved everything about this book. Was beautiful. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Will be raving about it to my friends and family

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  • Herzie
  • 28-03-21

Outstanding !!! Moving funny

Everything in one book ... what an emotional rollercoaster... definitely worth the read and the audible is beautifully read

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  • A Skues
  • 13-03-21

Beautifully written and narrated

This is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time

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  • Karla
  • 11-03-21

Emotional and uplifting

Fair play to anybody to take on topics as difficult as these- illness and death at a young age! Particularly in your debut novel! Great achievement! Great readers! It kept me interested and involved, the whole time and - surprisingly enough - it was never too much to deal with (emotionally).
Sometimes, I would have preferred to hear more of Lennie's story, instead of Margot's, but she was the older one and did have a lot more years to cover, I suppose....